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Russia, EU praise North Korean leader’s decision on halting nuclear tests

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Russia and the European Union (EU) have hailed the landmark decision made by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to suspend his country’s nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile launches as a sign of seriousness in pursuing peace with rival South Korea.
“We welcome the statement of Kim Jong-un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, enshrined in the resolution … of April 20, on the termination of nuclear and missile tests by the DPRK starting from April 21, 2018, as well as [on the termination of] the use of the nuclear test site in this country,” said a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation on Saturday, referring to the North by its official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
The ministry also said that Moscow regarded Kim’s decision as “an important step toward further removal of tensions on the Korean Peninsula and toward consolidation of positive trends in normalizing the situation in Northeast Asia.”
Kim on Friday said his country’s quest for nuclear weapons was “complete” and it “no longer needs” to test its weapons capability, the state-run KCNA news agency quoted him as saying. He added that he would also shut down a nuclear test site in the northern parts of North Korea to pursue economic growth and peace on the Korean Peninsula.
The significant development came ahead of diplomatic engagement with both South Korea and the US, and six days before a meeting between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in the Demilitarized Zone that divides the volatile peninsula. The meeting is regarded as a precursor to an eagerly-awaited planned meeting between Kim and US President Donald Trump, expected to be held at the end of May or beginning of June.
PressTV-North Korea to suspend nuclear, missile tests
North Korea says it will suspend its nuclear and missile tests and shut down a nuclear test site on Saturday.